24 January 2009

Police Wrap - 23 January

| johnboy
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1. Misbehaving police staff:

    A 25-year old Holt man has been arrested and charged with stalking and possession of anabolic steroids.

    The man was a staff member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and his arrest was the result of an internal investigation.

    He has been suspended from duties as an AFP employee.

    The man is due to face ACT Magistrates Court today.

    He has been charged with two counts of stalking, contrary to Section 35 of the ACT Crimes Act 1900 and one count of possessing a controlled substance, namely anabolic steroids, contrary to section 37 of the Poisons and Drugs Act 1978.

2. Wrong time, wrong place, for a wheel stand:

    ACT Policing will summons a 27-year-old Lyneham man after he is alleged to have performed a wheel-stand on his motorcycle across a Civic intersection whilst under the influence of alcohol.

    Officers of the Traffic Operations Compliance Targeting Team were surprised to observe the P-plate rider’s behavior, as they stood near the intersection conducting compliance checks on Wednesday (January 21) at 7.35pm.

    The rider was immediately stopped by police who subjected him to a breath analysis allegedly returning a result of 0.08, four times the legal limit for a P-plate rider.

    Police have seized the alleged offender’s motor cycle for 90 days and will summons him to court for exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol in his blood and other traffic offences.

4. Don’t forget the double demerits:

    Motorists travelling on ACT roads this Australia Day long weekend are being warned that double demerit points will apply for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.

    From 12.01am on Friday (23 January) to 11.59pm on Monday (26 January) motorists caught speeding or not wearing a seat belt across the ACT will lose double demerit points. For example, a motorist detected speeding at more than 45 kilometres above the speed limit would generally face a fine of over $1,600 and lose six demerit points. For this long weekend period this offence would see a loss of 12 demerit points, and in this case the loss of the driver’s licence.

    Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said ACT Policing would continue to target reckless and dangerous driving behaviour over the long weekend.

    “We are asking for all motorists to heed the warnings and help police meet the challenge of reducing the number of fatal and serious injury motor vehicle collisions on ACT roads in 2009,” Supt Colbran said.

    “Our messages for this long weekend are simple. If you are staying in Canberra, enjoy yourself, but remember to keep our roads safe for all by not drinking and driving and not speeding. Also fasten your seatbelt and remember it is your responsibility to ensure that all occupants of your vehicle are wearing their seatbelts too.

    “If you are travelling interstate this long weekend, ensure you are well rested before embarking on a long journey and never drive when fatigued. It is advisable to take regular rest breaks every two hours when travelling extended distances.

    “Also do a quick mechanical inspection of your vehicle as well. Check your vehicle’s oil and fluid levels, ensure your tyres are inflated to the correct level and all indicators, headlights and windscreen wipers work properly.”

    “Finally remember to stick to the speed limit and adjust your speed to drive to the conditions. Speed limits are the maximum speed you can safely travel on a road in good conditions, not the minimum speed you must travel on a road in any conditions. Don’t rush to get your destination – take your time and arrive safely.

    “The ACT road toll for 2009 currently sits at zero and ACT Policing will be working hard to keep it is as low as possible. We call on the community to assist us to meet the challenge of having a fatality free Australia Day holiday period,” Supt Colbran said.

3. Official word on the black jag finally sees the light of day:

    A 26-year-old man is in custody following a pursuit which originated in New South Wales this morning and ended in Canberra’s northern suburbs.

    About 8.45am ACT Policing were advised by NSW Police that they were pursuing a vehicle, reportedly stolen from a property near Wagga Wagga, and heading towards Canberra. ACT Policing took over the pursuit once it entered the ACT on the Barton Highway. Road spikes were deployed on a number of occasions to end the pursuit however the driver managed to avoid them on each occasion.

    ACT Policing followed the vehicle onto Northbourne Avenue before it entered the Dickson area. At this point in time police terminated the pursuit because of a high volume of traffic in the area.

    Police continually searched the area before a diligent member of the public advised police of a person allegedly fleeing from an abandoned vehicle in the vicinity of the Anzac Parade. Police searched the area surrounding the Australian War Memorial and located the alleged offender where he was taken into custody.

    Police will also allege they located two firearms in the abandoned vehicle. The man will face the ACT Magistrates Court later today (January 20) on numerous traffic offences and NSW Police are expected to apply for extradition of the man to face numerous stolen motor vehicle and traffic related charges.

5. Police are challenging you not to kill yourself this year:

    ACT Policing is calling on the community to rise to the challenge of keeping the ACT’s road toll to nine or less in 2009.

    Last year there were 14 deaths on ACT roads however, many of these were easily preventable with alcohol/drugs, speeding and other reckless behaviour found to be contributing factors towards the loss of life.

    Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said there was no reason why the ACT couldn’t have a single digit road toll this year.

    “It would be unrealistic for us to expect a zero road roll – with humans driving vehicles there will always be times when mistakes are made,” he said.

    “However, the majority of fatal traffic incidents that occur in the ACT are a result of reckless choices made by motorists such as ignoring the speed limit, drinking then driving, not wearing a seatbelt or engaging in other irresponsible or illegal behaviour.

    “If we eliminate or reduce this dangerous behaviour we could see fewer road deaths meaning our aim of a single digit road toll in 2009 is certainly achievable.

    “Therefore I am throwing down the challenge to the Canberra community – work with us, not against us, in keeping ACT’s road toll to an absolute minimum. Let’s see whether, in partnership with one another, we can limit the ACT road toll to nine or less deaths in 2009,” Supt Colbran said.

    This year ACT Policing will be focussing its efforts on the offences of drink driving, speeding, driving while using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt, unregistered and uninsured vehicles, and unlicensed drivers.

    “ACT Policing will be continuing its intensive traffic campaign of targeting those offences that place road users at the greatest level of risk. We will be out in force, we will be highly visible and will show no tolerance when it comes to targeting driving behaviour that puts lives in danger.

    “Remember: road safety is everybody’s responsibility,” Supt Colbran said.

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